Holly and Heather's Helping Hands

Inspirational Heartfelt Hints

Month: November, 2014

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Enjoy Thanksgiving

 

We would like to wish all of our readers a most Happy Thanksgiving and hope you all enjoy this day to the fullest!

Twin Blessings, Holly & Heather

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Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Giving Thanks

In honor of Thanksgiving next week, we would like to reflect on a few things we are thankful for:

Family: Our children, husbands, parents, in-laws & each other!  We are so grateful to be sharing our lives with them.

Our Health: Today we are all well, we pray for those who are sick.

Food, Shelter, Clothing: The basics every human should have.

Love.

God: The ability to love Him and to love each other.

What are you thankful for?

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Appreciate the Good Stuff

As a counter to last week’s blog, Managing Disappointment, it’s always a good idea every now & again to take stock of all the good in your life. While it’s true that disappointment is a part of life, looking at things from a different perspective can really change your attitude.

What one thing can you be thankful for right now?  A roof over your head? Food in the pantry? The loved one you are sharing your life with, perhaps even a pet?  Even if you just walk outside, look around.  Is the sun shining?  These questions are not meant to diminish your problems but rather to lift you up and think about things from a larger point of view.  We can always find something to appreciate in life.  Look deep within or maybe right in front of you and you can too.

Thinking about things outside of life’s disappointments can put you into better spirits.  That good mood you keep yourself in is infectious and really does help spread good throughout the world. That smile or kind word you say to someone may help them to smile back, and hopefully pass it on to another.  There’s a ripple effect in your good outlook that spreads in a continuous effort to help make this world a better place.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Managing Disappointment

We have a phrase that we tell each other that helps keep disappointment at bay – keep expectations low. When you expect little to nothing, you’re never disappointed, right? Or when that glimmer of hope presents itself, you are then overjoyed because you have received more than you thought you would. Well, try as we may to keep our expectations low, disappointment still occurs. So what to do?

For us, talking about what’s on our minds and letting time pass seems to help the most. Let downs are pretty much a part of life (we can’t always get what we want), but getting over feelings isn’t quick or easy. Writing helps too and focusing on others. Looking outside of ourselves during times when inward reflections are bringing us down is a good antidote. We are continuing to collect food for our local pantries this month and next month we’ll help with a coat drive for the winter.

Disappointment is inevitable. Feel it…grieve it….let it go and move on.

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